The Last Word: Persistence

This is an excerpt from the Last Word section of my podcast. To catch the full episode please click here.

Lawn sign that says don't Give Up

Today’s last word is persistence.

The reason why I’m choosing this word is because my wife is pregnant. Now, many women face difficulties when pregnant with illness, morning sickness, and overall discomfort from growing a beautiful little child inside their bodies. However, my wife faces more problems than most women. This is my wife’s third pregnancy. For the first two, she was sick the entire pregnancy. She is roughly halfway through this pregnancy, and this one looks to be the same as the other two. Maybe ten days since becoming pregnant, she hasn’t thrown up. This is with her taking a cocktail of medications to help lower her nausea. And honestly, she is still nauseous the days she doesn’t vomit. It’s rough on her, but she persists. You have probably heard of the phrase.
Nevertheless she persisted. That is 100% describing my wife. She continues because she has a beautiful “why” at the end. Why does she continue being sick? Because she has a wonderful child inside of her!

FYI this isn’t actually my baby

It’s a Boy

Our new son is inside her, so she will persist in caring for that boy. We recently had an ultrasound where we could view his sweet little body. We were even given a stuffed animal with a recording of his heartbeat. Our daughter loves hearing his heartbeat! I highly encourage you to visit The Baby Studio in Chickasha, Oklahoma, if you live in Oklahoma. This is an excellent family-friendly environment. My son and daughter could play with toys, and even my parents could attend.

It’s Worth It

Whenever my son comes out of my wife, she will be so excited to get to hold and love him. The sickness, nausea, vomiting, and discomfort will be worth it. But again, she has a reason for persisting through what she’s going through.

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Your Struggles

I don’t know what struggles you’re going through. Maybe you’re dealing with the death of a loved one and coping with grief. Perhaps you’re dealing with depression or anxiety. I’m not sure, but if you don’t have a reason “why” you are going through what you’re going through, it will be difficult to persist. Let’s take an example of somebody that wants to run a marathon. I don’t know if any of you reading this have run in a marathon before, but it is 26.2 miles. If you’ve never run anywhere near that amount, it’s a long, long way to go.

Don’t Quit

And if that runner is in the middle of a race and they’re 15 miles in, they have a lot of reasons why they should quit, right? They’re hungry, they’re tired, they’re, they’re just done. They want to go home. So why not just quit? They would feel better in the moment, right? Their “why” might be, “I want to make it. I want to get one of those 26.2 stickers to put on the back of my vehicle.” Maybe they’ve run marathons before and want to get their best time. Regardless of their “w, “ it helps push them through that difficult moment.

What’s Your Why?

So I encourage you, if you’re going through something hard right now, to ask yourself, “Why am I persisting?” “What is keeping me going?” And “What’s on the other side?” I’m not going to guarantee you if you come up with the answer to these questions that you’ll have zero problems. More than likely, I will continue to have issues. But knowing “why” you’re doing what you’re doing will help you continue pushing on and make it through your struggle.